Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Mountaineer Responds to TBs Found in Pa. Killpen

From: QARR [mailto:QARR@NYCAP.RR.COM]
Sent: Monday, November 03, 2008 11:06 AM
To: Rosemary Williams
Subject: Mountaineer TBs Found @ Sugarcreek

Dear Ms Williams,

We were just in the process of writing you a thank you letter for initiating a new "No Slaughter" policy at Mountaineer Track, when we got this message this morning through our emails,

Click on title above to read alert;
http://horseracingshame.blogspot.com/

and the rescuers are claiming that they spoke with someone at Mountaineer who said they cannot help.

We are hoping that at least you will follow through with sanctions against the owner or owners who bought these horses to SugarCreek Auction directly from your track, whomever they may be.

Please advise.

Thanks

Christine Jubic, Founder,
Friends of Equines FOES of Equine Slaughter
http://www.freewebs.com/friendsofequines
"Because We Care"

* “It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brushfires in people’s minds.”--Samuel Adams

* "The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.If There Is No Struggle, There Is No Progress"-F. Douglas

"To Stand and Do Nothing When We Should be Protesting Makes Cowards of Us." - A. Lincoln


MOUNTAINEERS REPLY

Christine,

This horse left our grounds way before the policy of not sending horses to Sugar Creek was implemented. It is my understanding that the horse had a Sugar Creek tag on it and it somehow was found in New Holland. The trainer was put on notice.

Our PR department took the call on this horse and the caller demanded money. Our worker explained there was a process and the caller hung up on her. So there again half truths are circulating.

Rose Mary Williams
Director of Racing
304-387-8334
304-387-8303 fax

OUR REPLY

Thank you Rose Mary,

Of course there is always two sides to a story. I dont see why they would have demanded money of the track as it is the owners who are responsible,...not the track.
You still have a letter of thanks coming from "Friends of Equines" and we will add you as a "Friend" of Racehorses on our websites along with the Suffolk and the Magna Tracks people.

Of course the problem remains of what to do with all these OT horses and who will care for them, but we have an answer for that! We hope you will support our

"Tax Break Money to Go to the Horses" petition, and you can read more about it here;
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/a-petition-2-amend-the-farm-bill

Thanks for Caring!

Christine A Jubic. Founder,
Friends of Equines FOES of Equine Slaughter
http://www.freewebs.com/friendsofequines
"Because We Care"

MOUNTAINEERS REPLY

There will be a release out later this week. We just set Mountaineer up with the Canter program. They appear to be very well intended.

Rose Mary Williams
Director of Racing
304-387-8334
304-387-8303 fax

OUR REPLY

Thank you Rose Mary,

Yes Canter is a good outfit. There will be more help for you as we go aong, until we can get the industry to free up some real money for rehoming and retirement......

Also, we thought you might like to know as you are probably getting them also, we have received a few "hate mails" and "Letters of Concern" from owners and breeders worried about the ban,....and have posted one of the more "polite ones" here;

http://horseracingshame.blogspot.com/2008/11/tb-owner-in-uproar-over-mountaineer.html

We hope you wont let the turkeys get you down. You are doing the right thing, and we are encouraging our betting friends to only play at the No-Kill Tracks. We anti-slaughter folk ARE winning this war but we need the Industry to help us do it.

Thank you for taking the horses side!

CJ

2 comments:

lj (%) said...

This is just wonderful and I send my Kudos to Mountaineer Park and wish you all the best of luck in your endeavors to make racing safer for all horses!!

Thank You,
Laura Hearn (ret. Jockey)

Charlie said...

I'm thrilled the horses were saved from slaughter, but it breaks my heart to read how rude the rescuer was to the contact at Mountaineer; this attitude doesn't help the horses or the racing reform cause at all. If this was the save at New Holland on 11/3, I know who the rescuers were and suspect the individual who called Mountaineer is the same individual who often tells others, in so many words, "Do it my way or get lost."

I knew that since these horses had likely left Mountaineer before its new management (new as of 11/1, I think) prohibited delivery of its racing thoroughbreds to Sugarcreek, these horses - "forwarded" to New Holland - would not necessarily be aided by Mountaineer. The call to Mountaineer demanding money to buy them followed by hanging up on the Mountaineer rep certainly didn't help.

In any event, glad these horses are safe and so very glad of Mountaineer's giant step forward for its racehorses!